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Problems through life 

Problems through life
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Problems through life
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10.1093/med/9780199608386.003.0006
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date: 12 December 2017

Chapter 6 describes the problems of being human through the lifespan, offering a cradle to grave perspective of emotional development as a backdrop for understanding why life goes awry. Beginning with infancy, childhood, adolescence continuing into adulthood, midlife, and ending in later life, the transitions of separation and individuation offer a leitmotif for the lived experiences in relationships of love, hatred, sexuality, and aggression, both in health and disturbance. Ethnicity and culture are considered in the challenges of understanding difference in the psychotherapeutic relationship. Reflecting on the transitions and disruptions in relationships, loss, and trauma are described in a developmental account of abuse, emotional, physical, and sexual, in both acute and cumulative contexts. Psychoanalytic understanding of the roots of aggression and violence directed towards the self and to others offers a culmination of the developmental emotional theme of disturbances in relationships being manifest in ways which challenge professionals in mental health and social care settings.

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